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By Associated PressApril 15, 2008, 4:00 pm
Trevor Immelmans victory in the Masters didnt generate much attention in South Africa, mainly because he finished his round at 2:30 a.m. in his native country, after most people'and newspapers'had gone to bed.
 
Expect that to happen at the U.S. Open for South Africa, Europe and even the United Kingdom.
 
The U.S. Open has decided to go prime time in the United States, with a 7 p.m PDT finish at Torrey Pines. If everything goes according to schedule'rare in golf with so much slow play'the tournament will end at 3 a.m. in Britain, and roughly an hour later in continental Europe and South Africa.
 
When do you say to the West Coast, The tournament must end at 4 oclock your time, USGA executive director David Fay said. I know it puts Europe at a disadvantage. We tend to look east, where its just as easy to look to the west. If K.J. Choi (of South Korea) is leading, the time might be better for Asia.
 
The last time a major was held on the West Coast was Pebble Beach for the 2000 U.S. Open, and the final round was scheduled to end at 5 p.m. PDT.
 
RYDER UPDATE
Its tough to keep track of the U.S. Ryder Cup standings, with so much emphasis placed on this years performance and double points available at the majors. But with the first major in the books, a quick review shows only two of the top eight in the standings have won this year.
 
Tiger Woods leads the standings'no shock there.
 
Stewart Cink is second on the strength of two second-place finishes and a pair of thirds, including the Masters. Phil Mickelson, who won at Riviera, was in third place. The rest of the top eight'remember, Paul Azinger gets four captains picks'are Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson, Justin Leonard and Brandt Snedeker.
 
Snedeker moved into the top eight with his tie for third at the Masters, which earned him almost as many points (870) as Sean OHair got for winning in Tampa (870).
 
DIMARCO MASTERS
Chris DiMarco finally won on the second week of April. Too bad he wasnt at the Masters.
 
DiMarco, who played in the final group two straight years and lost in a playoff to Tiger Woods in 2005, failed to qualify for the Masters for the first time since 2000.
 
According to Golfweek magazine, DiMarco and several PGA TOUR players from central Florida gathered last Wednesday at Sugarloaf Mountain, a terrific new course north of Orlando designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
 
DiMarco shot a 5-under 67 and won the Sugarloaf Masters by one shot over Garrett Willis and Fulton Allem. No word on whether he was awarded a green cap from the club.
 
DIVOTS
Michelle Wie has accepted an exemption to play July 17-20 at the LPGA State Farm Rail Classic. She previously accepted an invitational to play the preceding week at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Among the faces in the crowd at the Masters was Japanese star Ai Miyazato, who was at Augusta for the first time. Greg Normans longtime tournament, the Merrill Lynch Shootout, has raised its purse to $2.9 million. The last two Masters champions, Zach Johnson and Trevor Immelman, had only one PGA TOUR victory before earning the green jacket.
 
STAT OF THE WEEK
A year after Zach Johnson played the par 5s in 11 under to win the Masters, Trevor Immelman was only 3 under on the par 5s.
 
FINAL WORD
Im more famous now than when I was famous.'Louise Suggs, who in the last two years has won the Bob Jones Award from the USGA and the William D. Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of America.
 
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    McCoy earns medalist honors at Web.com Q-School

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 am

    One year after his budding career was derailed by a car accident, Lee McCoy got back on track by earning medalist honors at the final stage of Web.com Tour Q-School.

    McCoy shot a final-round 65 at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., to finish the 72-hole event at 28 under. That total left him two shots ahead of Sung-Jae Im and guaranteed him fully-exempt status on the developmental circuit in 2018.

    It's an impressive turnaround for the former University of Georgia standout who finished fourth at the 2016 Valspar Championship as an amateur while playing alongside Jordan Spieth in the final round. But he broke his wrist in a car accident the day before second stage of Q-School last year, leaving him without status on any major tour to begin the year.

    McCoy was not the only player who left Arizona smiling. Everyone in the top 10 and ties will be exempt through the first 12 events of the new Web.com Tour season, a group that includes former amateur standouts Curtis Luck (T-3), Sam Burns (T-10) and Maverick McNealy (T-10).

    Players who finished outside the top 10 but inside the top 45 and ties earned exemptions into the first eight events of 2018. That group includes Cameron Champ (T-16), who led the field in driving at this year's U.S. Open as an amateur, and Wyndham Clark (T-23).

    Everyone who advanced to the final stage of Q-School will have at least conditional Web.com Tour status in 2018. Among those who failed to secure guaranteed starts this week were Robby Shelton, Rico Hoey, Jordan Niebrugge, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Hall.

    Els honored with Heisman Humanitarian Award

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 11:41 pm

    The annual Heisman Trophy award ceremony is one of the biggest moments in any football season, but there was a touching non-football moment as well on Saturday night as Ernie Els received the Heisman Humanitarian Award.

    The award, which had been announced in August, recognized Els' ongoing efforts on behalf of his Els for Autism foundation. Els received the award at Manhattan's PlayStation Theater, where Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy.

    Els, 47, founded Els for Autism in 2009 with his wife after their son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism. Their efforts have since flourished into a 26-acre campus in Jupiter, Fla., and the creation of the Els Center for Excellence in 2015.

    The Heisman Humanitarian Award has been given out since 2006. Past recipients include NBA center David Robinson, NFL running back Warrick Dunn, soccer star Mia Hamm and NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.

    A native of South Africa, Els won the U.S. Open in 1994 and 1997 and The Open in 2002 and 2012. He has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011.

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    Monday finish for Joburg Open; Sharma leads by 4

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 10, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Rain, lightning and hail pushed the Joburg Open to a Monday finish, with India’s Shubhankar Sharma holding a four-stroke lead with 11 holes to play in Johannesburg.

    Play is scheduled to resume at 7:30 a.m. local time.

    South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen will have a 3-foot putt for birdie to move within three shots of Sharma wen play resumes at the Randpark Golf Club. Sarma is at 22 under par.

    Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland and James Morrison of England are tied for third at 14 under. Pulkkanen has 10 holes remaining, Morrison 11.

    The top three finishers who are not already exempt, will get spots in next year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

     

     

    Stricker, O'Hair team to win QBE Shootout

    By Will GrayDecember 10, 2017, 8:55 pm

    It may not count in the official tally, but Steve Stricker is once again in the winner's circle on the PGA Tour.

    Stricker teamed with Sean O'Hair to win the two-person QBE Shootout, as the duo combined for a better-ball 64 in the final round to finish two shots clear of Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. It's the second win in this event for both men; Stricker won with Jerry Kelly back in 2009 while O'Hair lifted the trophy with Kenny Perry in 2012.

    Stricker and O'Hair led wire-to-wire in the 54-hole, unofficial event after posting a 15-under 57 during the opening-round scramble.

    "We just really gelled well together," Stricker said. "With his length the first day, getting some clubs into the greens, some short irons for me, we just fed off that first day quite a bit. We felt comfortable with one another."


    Full-field scores from the QBE Shootout


    Stricker won 12 times during his PGA Tour career, most recently at the 2012 Tournament of Champions. More recently the 50-year-old has been splitting his time on the PGA Tour Champions and captained the U.S. to a victory at the Presidents Cup in October. O'Hair has four official Tour wins, most recently at the 2011 RBC Canadian Open.

    Pat Perez and Brian Harman finished alone in third, four shots behind Stricker and O'Hair. Lexi Thompson and Tony Finau, the lone co-ed pairing in the 12-team event, finished among a tie for fourth.